Long live Artificers
by Surinder Pal Singh,Ex Artificers,I.N,Chief Engineer
I joined the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice in 1967 at HMS Fisgard, originally as an Ordnance Electrical Artificer eventually retiring in 2001 as a Warrant Officer Marine Engineering Artificer (Electrical). I served in a variety of ships, from HMS Albion, HMS Exmouth, HMY Britannia, HMS Arrow, to HMS Antrim in the Falklands War, HMS Brazen and finally in HMS Illustrious. On shore I served with Flag Officer Sea Training in both Portland and Plymouth, the final years of my service were spent in MOD at Foxhill. Starting academic study rather late in life I have a BSc in Mathematics and Applied Physics and since retirement in 2006 have gained a BA (Hons) in History, both with the Open University and a Masters Degree in Naval History with the University of Portsmouth.